Top 50 Songs
Heavy metal group formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. James Hetfield (vocals) and Lars Ulrich (drums) have been with the group since the beginning. Dave Mustaine was an early member (rhythm guitar: 1981-83) before forming Megadeth. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett (1983-present). Cliff Burton (1981-84), the original bassist, was killed in a bus crash on September 27, 1984. He was replaced by Jason Newsted (1986-2002) who was replaced by Robert Trujillo (2003-present).
For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.
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Top 50 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to charts.)
DMDB Top 1%:
1. Enter Sandman (1991)
DMDB Top 2%:
3. Nothing Else Matters (1991)
DMDB Top 5%:
5. The Unforgiven (1991)
DMDB Top 10%:
6. Turn the Page (1998) #1 AR
DMDB Top 20%:
9. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
17. Cyanide (2008) #1 AR
21. Battery (1986)
31. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (1986)
41. All Within My Hands (2020) #1 AR
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First posted 4/14/2003; last updated 4/18/2023.
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